St. Francis to lay off 110 workers

By Kenny Choi
Published On: May 05 2014 05:23:00 PM HST

Nearly one-third of the St. Francis workforce will be let go within the next few months.

HONOLULU -

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii announced its restructuring plans on Monday and it will affect a lot of workers.

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Nearly one-third of their current employees, 110, will be let go.  It's part of the multi-year strategic plan.

The company says nurses and non-clinical support staff are among those who will be laid off.  It will close its in-patient hospice unit in Ewa on Sept. 30.

St. Francis will also terminate its home health programs on Oahu and Kauai on June 30.

However, the company will continue to administer in-patient hospice care at the Nuuanu facility.

St. Francis declined an on-camera interview, but released the following statement by president and CEO Jerry Correa:

"This is a difficult time for all of us at St. Francis.  Having to scale back some of our services and lose great employees is not easy.  We have had to assess which programs and services best support our multi-year strategic plan and the decisions we are making today will help us to be more financially sustainable in the future, so that we can carry on the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis."

"Our skilled nursing facility at our Liliha campus is on track to open by late summer, and the campus will eventually be transformed into Hawaii’s first comprehensive health and wellness center to meet the needs of Hawaii's older adult population. Over time, we may add more services on the Liliha campus such as a senior community center, assisted living, adult day care and adult day health, and independent living."

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